Transcendent God reaches out to us in our humility, says Pope Benedict on the birthday of John Paul IIMay 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Remembering the late John Paul II on what would have been his 85th birthday, Pope Benedict XVI today, greeted nearly 25,000 soggy pilgrims on a rain-soaked Roman morning, reminding them of God’s desire to comfort the lowly and the suffering.
May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- At the conclusion of today’s General Audience, Pope Benedict spiritually joined a ceremony, taking place simultaneously in Italy’s Gran Sasso mountain range, to name one of its peaks for the late John Paul II who would have been 85 today.
May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Among the pilgrims present for Pope Benedict XVI’s Wednesday audience this morning were Bob and Mary Schindler—parents of Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman, who succumbed to court ordered starvation in March.
May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The long-awaited Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church will be ready in time for World Youth Day 2005, which will take place in Cologne, Germany.
May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The parents of Terri Schiavo, Bob and Mary Schindler, thanked the Holy See for its support in the fight to save the life of their daughter, who died after her husband had her feeding tube removed.
May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- EWTN's news director, Raymond Arroyo, was awarded an honorary doctorate of communications from Franciscan University of Steubenville May 14.
May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The United States need a new immigration policy that will protect and address the need of immigrant and U.S-born workers, said Bishop Thomas Wenski in a special column published in the Orlando Sentinel.
May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- One year after a Massachusetts court allowed same-sex marriages, Concerned Women for America (CWA) says it has done nothing less than to mobilize Americans to defend marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- U.S. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-New Hartford) withdrew as the commencement speaker at this Saturday's St. Elizabeth College of Nursing ceremony because he learned that pro-life advocates had planned protests over his pro-abortion stance, reported the Utica Oberver-Dispatch.
May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced last week that Catholic Relief Services has received over $150 million in donations—the largest amount ever collected in a single appeal—for the areas ravaged by last December’s tsunami.
May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a conference in Lima at the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the Latin America Bishops Conference (CELAM), the Undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Guzman Carriquiry, pointed out that “the destiny of Catholicism and the destiny of our peoples in large measure are intertwined, at least for the 21st century.”
May 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In message sent to bishops gathered in Lima for the 50th anniversary of the Latin America Bishops Conference, Pope Benedict XVI exhorted them to defend marriage and the Christian family from “ideologies and practices” that undermine their foundations and to promote priestly vocations.